UMass Receives Grant to Help Low-Income Engineering Transfer Students
The University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass), an NEC member, recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)to aid students who transfer from community college into the College of Engineering by providing them with up to $6,000 a year in scholarships.
The goal of the $632,369 grant is to provide low-income students with an opportunity for success in pursuing a STEM degree. The first 22 students to receive aid from the grant will begin at UMass this fall. The UMass press release cited the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics noting that “nearly half of the students who earn baccalaureate degrees in science and engineering in the U.S. complete part of their education at community colleges.” The grant funds from the NSF will assist in making sure that these students are able to go on to complete their four-year degree. Additional funding from the grant will go to the College of Engineering for activities that could potentially benefit all students.
Professor of Chemical Engineering and Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering David M. Ford, who will be heading the program, stated, “By providing additional support for community college students to help them transition to, and graduate from, four-year engineering programs, we can better ensure these engineering graduates will promote innovation and competitiveness in national and regional technology-intensive industries.”
The New England Council congratulates UMass on receiving this grant and applauds their commitment to serving low-income students.